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Over the next decade we will all be partners in creating and using new worlds, combining reality with what isn’t. It may not be very different from the stories told around a campfire, on walls, in books and in pictures and movies, but the way the boundaries will be blurred is not like anything we have ever known.

It’s not difficult to imagine how organizations and authorities might take new capabilities a little too far.

It used to be easier to provide employees with a challenging career. When we hired people right after they completed their education we introduced them into entry level positions and then showed them the corporate ladder, which they could climb, year by year until retirement. We had time, we had …

The writing is already on the wall. Notice what is happening in the world of shopping, retail, stores, even malls. Let’s take cashiers as an example. Once upon a time, cashiers had to remember various product codes in order to identify the product at checkout. Then along came the scanner …

In today’s world, we do not pause for a moment. The mobile informs us of new messages on various channels, the boss calls us on vacation, the emails keep coming. We appreciate pace, efficiency, productivity, and these are often expressed in a quick search for the ” right ” answer, …

It is about abandoning the question of who has the power to do something, and instead just ask what is the right thing to do? And it’s very difficult. Because the currency we trade here is not money, it’s trust. And trusting is very hard. Which is exactly why it …

There is a wonderful parallel between the capabilities required in the world of music and those emerging in the world of work. At a leadership conference I watched a Jazz band describe what is required of them to perform. It is, first and foremost, a team activity, one that requires …

For a while now these posts have been following the transition of work structures from 20th century hierarchical org structures to the more flexible, collaborative, networked work structures emerging in various organizations. To be clear, the end of hierarchy does not mean a flat world of work, nor does it …

Leaders create futures. If you’re a leader, you are used to painting the picture of the future for the organization, and you know that organization will shift and change to get there. But once in a while something in this pattern breaks down and the “how” the organization moves towards …

Most of the time we think in terms of big systems: organizations, managers, workers, processes. But once in a while a conversation comes along and brings it down to the very personal level, the you and me. That’s when you get that the system is you. One of my managers …